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Iraq Warns Iran About Syria; Rebels Attack Syrian Government

By: AP
By: AP
Opposition supporters in Zabadani, Syria

Opposition supporters in Zabadani, Syria

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A spokesman says Iraqi leaders have told Iran it cannot ship weapons to Syria through Iraq.
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh on Saturday said the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad has been warned against shipping arms through Iraq's borders or airspace.
Neither al-Dabbagh nor Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have said whether Iranian flights are being forced to land for inspection.
Iraq's air force only has a handful of planes and helicopters, and no ability to control its own airspace.
Al-Maliki said Friday that measures were being taken to ensure that shipments to Syria only contain humanitarian aid.
The U.N. has banned Iranian arms exports.
The U.S. State Department fears that Iran is aiding the regime of ally President Bashar Assad with weapons.

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's capital has been hit by a series of explosions today.
State TV has been broadcasting gruesome images from the scene of two suicide car bombings. The blasts struck intelligence and security buildings in Damascus, leaving the streets littered with mangled bodies and twisted steel. At least 27 people were killed and another 140 wounded.
The state news agency says a third explosion was reported at a refugee camp housing thousands of Palestinians, but the two bombers were the only casualties.
The blasts are the latest in a string of large-scale attacks targeting the Syrian regime's military and security installations. The government has blamed the explosions on "terrorists" it claims are behind the year-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.
The opposition denies any role, saying they believe forces loyal to the government are behind the bombings to tarnish the uprising.
Top U.S. intelligence officials have pointed to al-Qaida in Iraq as the likely culprit, raising the possibility its fighters are infiltrating across the border to take advantage of the turmoil. Al-Qaida's leader has called for Assad's ouster.


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